Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas! Χρόνια Πολλά και Κάλα Χριστούγεννα

Χρόνια Πολλά! 
Ειρήνη και Χαρά σε όλους!
Merry Christmas to all from Leadhead PhD! 
Peace and Joy to you all!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Terrain Project, Gaines Mill from Altar of Freedom

Good day to you all.

While I am slowly warping up the Army lists for 1877, painting the last elements of the Russian Line Division in 10mm that I have, and trying to advance the Warhammer1000 project to conclusion, here are some pictures of a work in progress.

It is the battlefield for the Battle of Gaines Mill, during the American Civil War in 1862. I have used the Altar of Freedom scenario map as the basis. I do not know how Altar Freedom plays, since I did not get a chance to run a scenario. My goal is to collect the forces for that scenario in 10mm. But one thing I can definitely say that Altar of Freedom has going for it, is its scenario structure. Very few games actually try to fit whole battles on 3x3,4x4 and 6x4 tables, but Altar of Freedom is one of those.

For someone with the space and travel issues I face this is godsend. For the first time I can actually try and enjoy the terrain modelling part of the hobby. Not only that but the battlefield is small enough that it is portable.  Bravo to the guys who wrote the scenarios.

I built the battlefield using 6 roughly 1 foot squares build from cardboard. Elevations were done with adding cardboard layers, and I cut streams, the lake and river into the cardboard. Here is the result for the time being, with my Russians presenting the full Union force for the battle.

The problem starts now. Many of the terrain material people take for granted in the US are really hard to find in Turkey. Spray paints, flock, model trees are all things that are hard to find. Which has led me to a concurdum of how to proceed. One idea was to use white glue to glue paper which then I can paint green on the field. Trees I will probably order from Pendraken or Bacchus. The other option is to paint everything with acrylics as is. But that will take time and not sure if the result will be worth it. Also expensive. We will see. I am going to Greece in december, and Hobby shops there are well stocked. Obviously I cannot bring spray paints back in my hand luggage. But flock can be mine. We will see and I will kep you posted.

With Respect

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Fight for the Two Hills.Black Powder: A review and game in 1854

The Fight for the Two Hills- Black Powder Battle Report and Review

Over this weekend I had a chance to play my second black powder battle, and first one with my own miniatures. We played a fictious Anglo-Russian action as part of a bigger battle in the Crimean War. The Russian army was a-historically presented by my 1877 Russians, while the British were represented by Napoleonic Wars British. Scale was 10mm. The Scenario was created by me and can be found by clicking on this text (Scenario PDF). It is pretty much a ripoff of the action at the Round Tops during the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, during the US civil war. Rules used were Black Powder, with the Crimean Army lists from the main rulebook.

I commanded the Russians and had at my disposal 3 Regiments of 3 Battalions of Regular Infantry each (Each regiment is a Black Powder Brigade), plus 6 units of artillery and a unit of cavalry. Thus 3 forces, plus the brigade commander (overall CnC). The command rate for Russians was 8.
The British forces commanded by Mehmet, were 4 battalions of infantry, 2 units of cavalry, 2 units of rifles, and a gun.  He created two forces plus the overall commander.